People always say hummus is so easy to make, why buy it at the store? But whenever I make hummus, it’s always a huge mess: tahini seems to end up all over everything. And it takes many spelt pita bread wedges and carrot sticks of taste-testing to get the hummus just right.
But it’s so worth it, because homemade hummus is really special. You can make it as lemony or garlicky or tahini-y as you want, and customize it with spices, herbs, and add-ons like olives or roasted hot red chilli paper as I did in this case.
But the ultimate kick the pants for any hummus recipe is my new favorite thing: Za’atar, a Middle Eastern condiment made from dried thyme, sumac, and sesame seeds. Za’atar is often consumed with pita bread and olive oil, but it’s also a great add-on to hummus and other foods. Look at all these great inventions I found:
- White Bean Salad with Za’atar [fatfreevegan.com]
- Baked Whole Wheat Flatbread with Za’atar and Olive Oil [kalynskitchen.com]
- Za’atar Popcorn [thekitchn.com]
Below are recipes for both hummus and za’atar, adapted from Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything Vegetarian. The photo, however, was inspired by Heidi’s own picture of Hummus en Fuego on 101cookbooks (they say imitation is a form of flattery?). The bit about the tahini, well, that was the one bit of this post that was uniquely my own. And both are a great match for my spelt pita bread on the grill.